March in Japan is always accompanied by the arrival of the cherry blossoms – the first buds signalling the end of winter and transition into spring. I think it’s fair to say that it’s everyone’s favourite season in Japan, and there is comfort in the fact that no matter what else is going on in the world (or your own life for that matter) the flowers will always bloom. The sky plays a big part in creating the mood – clear blue skies creating a sense of happiness, while overcast skies sometimes turning the vibe somewhat melancholy.
The weather has been amazing in Tokyo this year, meaning that I got lots of opportunities to enjoy the sakura, even if that just meant cycling about the neighbourhood and soaking it all in. For me, this is the nicest way to enjoy it all – seeing how the local streets I know so well are transformed for just a few weeks during the year. I feel grateful to be able to enjoy and share the beauty I see, and hope you like some of these simple shots from around the suburbs.